Kid Connects

Kid Connects, a program of Mental Health Partners (MHP), is here to support children and their care providers by offering resources, screenings, referrals, and more. 

Kid Connects has been providing services to the Boulder and Broomfield region since 1997 in order to improve developmental and mental health outcomes for children, and to increase the capacity of caregivers to respond to the social and emotional needs of young children.

For more information, email us at:

Colorado Early Childhood Mental Health Support Line

(833) 326-4411

Available services:

Early childhood mental health consultation

Professional development focused on early childhood mental health and growth

Resources to support early learning

Networking with similar caregivers

One-on-one coaching to support the caregiver’s relationship with the child

One-on-one consultation to support challenging behaviors

Developmental screenings

Referrals to outside agencies and partners for additional support

Digital resources

Integrated Health & Mental Health

Kid Connects has provided integrated health and mental health consultation to licensed early care and education settings in Boulder and Broomfield counties since 1997.  The Kid Connects program partners with licensed childcare homes and centers, as well as other early education sites including Head Start and District preschools.

Kid Connects strives to improve the capacity of caregivers to respond to the social and emotional needs of young children by:

  • Improving health, developmental, and mental health outcomes for young children,
  • Reducing expulsions from early care, and
  • Creating mentally healthy learning environments for all young children and their caregivers.

Kid Connects provides the right level of service at the right time!

The Kid Connects Theory of Change:

Through the experience of a supportive, dependable, and trusting relationship with an early childhood consultant – and the establishment of a shared language, perspective, and vision – caregivers/educators will be better equipped to adopt a sense of:

  • Curiosity about the meaning of children’s behavior
  • Flexibility in thinking about young children’s needs
  • Emotional availability to the children in their care
  • Openness to new information
  • Respect for self as a parent, caregivers, and/or professional


Kid Connects uses a relationship-based integrated mental health consultation model. Early childhood consultants are present on-site in childcare settings and in family childcare homes. The Kid Connects model is informed by the latest research on attachment and early relationships, has a strong foundation in child development, and delivers effective, clinically sound, developmentally appropriate practices in the classroom setting and to families. Reflective practice guides our interactions with administrators, teachers/providers, parents, caregivers, and children.

Tier 1

On-site mental health consultation services

Program Consultation

Consultation support for program administration:

  • Support regarding staff development and training needs
  • Support for classroom practices
  • Staff retention strategies
  • Consultation with directors and staff to foster a culture that promotes healthy social-emotional development of children and families
  • Assist in the development of “at-risk of expulsion” protocol to be used consistently throughout program

Program Consultation

Consultation support for teachers and other staff:

  • Help teachers better understand, recognize, and respond to children’s social/emotional needs
  • Support for highly effective classroom practices
  • Team building with classroom staff
  • Conflict resolution between team members
  • Observations of your classrooms as a whole, as well as individual children and collaboration with teachers
  • Plan with teachers to meet the needs of individual children or groups of children
  • Participate in teacher/parent conferences as requested
  • Help teachers manage stress/mental health issues in an effort to assist staff to be more emotionally available to children and their families
  • Assist in responding to those children at-risk of expulsion according to protocol and the child’s need
  • General classroom groups (e.g.: social skills, violence prevention)

Program Consultation

Consultation support for community outreach and referrals to other programs:

  • Assist with transitions to other programs
  • Assist in connecting with medical home, special education, early intervention and disabilities systems, and referral/linkage to other mental health supports as needed
  • Work with child welfare agencies to support reunification or other permanency planning

Program Consultation

Consultation support for classroom level mental health screening:

  • Train staff in foundations of and administering screening tool
  • Provide interpretive results and assist staff in understanding findings and implementing strategies to promote resiliency and address behavior concerns

Child Specific Consultation

  • Work with specific families, including parent meetings, home visits. parent-teacher conferences, teacher-team meetings, and individual guidance regarding specific children (including those children at risk of expulsion)
  • Targeted observation and assessment as appropriate
  • Individual mental health intervention services for identified children as indicated and with specific consent of parent
  • Referrals for further evaluation or other treatment resources for child or family member

Trainings and workshops for staff and families

  • Survey staff and parents about the most meaningful topics and design training accordingly
  • Provide training opportunities for teachers and parents that include self-reflection as a vehicle for understanding and supporting the work of social and emotional development
    • Trainings include both formal presentations and informal learning opportunities regarding specific topics
  • Assist teachers in understanding their impact on the healthy emotional development of young children
  • Facilitate bringing in outside presenters when needed

Health/Mental Health Integration

  • Cross-training at centers/homes presented by health and mental health partners to discuss the interplay of health and mental health on young children
  • Support coordination of primary health screenings (hearing, vision, dental, and developmental) and follow-up services provided to all families in partnership with early care setting
  • Consultants monitor and utilize findings of both health and mental health screenings in partnership with teachers to assess the child’s behaviors and plan classrooms that provide optimal opportunities for growth and development

Tier 2

Professional Development Trainings

On-site trainings are available for early care and education settings. Topics are designed to meet the needs of early care settings.

Examples of previous trainings:

  • Engaging Parents/Working with Fathers
  • Incorporating Reflective Practice in Care
  • Responding to Challenging Behaviors
  • Infusing Social/Emotional Development in Programs
  • Improving Staff Communication to Benefit Children
  • Responding to Children with Complex Needs
  • Building Resiliency in Teachers
  • Positive Solutions for Parents/Teachers (5-week training series)
  • How to talk about Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Tier 3

Colorado Early Childhood Mental Health

Call support line*: 833-326-4411 (ECMH411)

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A resource for early care and education providers, including teachers, parents, and caregivers.

Referrals can be made by parents, providers or community partners for a brief phone or on-site consultation regarding concerning or challenging behavior of children birth through seven years of age. Phone calls will generally be returned within 48 business hours. Contact will be made with the caller and a phone screening will be complete. Calls are reviewed daily for assignment to a consultant for follow up. Providers and community partners calling the support line above will be asked to obtain verbal consent from custodial parent to discuss child or family.

Brief early childhood mental health consultation is available and may consist of:

  • Phone screening
  • Consultation with the parent(s)
  • Observation of child in care setting
  • Consultation with teacher/director
  • In home consultation and parent and child interaction
  • Action plan and referrals/resources

*Note: This is NOT a support line for crisis situations. In those instances, please call or text 988 – or visit our 24/7 Walk-in Crisis Center at 3180 Airport Road, Boulder for in-person support. Visit our Crisis Service page for more info.


To learn more about the Kid Connects Program, contact Beverly LaRoe by phone (720-562-0560) or email (


  • To improve health, developmental, and mental health outcomes for young children.
  • To improve capacity of caregivers to respond to the social and emotional needs of young children.
  • To create a mentally healthy classroom environment for young children and their caregivers.
  • To reduce suspension and expulsion rates of young children from early care and education settings.
  • To reduce the stigma of mental health.

What is Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC)?

IECMHC is a multi-level preventative intervention that teams mental health professionals with people who work with young children and their families to improve their social, emotional, and behavioral health and development. IECMHC builds the capacity of providers and families to understand the powerful influence of their relationships and interactions on young children’s development.

A child’s well-being is improved and mental health problems are prevented and/or reduced as a result of the mental health consultants partnership with adults in children’s lives. IECMHC includes skilled observations, individual strategies, and early identification of children with and at risk for mental health challenges.